Green Tea Brownies Recipe

Everyone knows about chocolate brownies and some people may have heard of “blondies,” a vanilla-based counterpart to the heavy chocolate focus of a traditional brownie, but have you ever considered that there was more to brownies than vanilla or chocolate? Provided below is a recipe for a type of brownie that focuses on the flavor profile of matcha green tea. Feel free to think of these baked goods as white chocolate “greenies.”

Ingredients for Brown Butter Green Tea Brownies

  • Butter, unsalted, 1/2 cup, browned
  • Chocolate, white, 4 oz
  • Matcha green tea powder, 2 tbsp
  • Sugar, granulated, 1 cup
  • Sugar, brown, light, 1/4 cup
  • Eggs, three
  • Vanilla extract, 1 tsp
  • Salt, 1/2 tsp
  • Flour, AP, 1 cup
  • Optional: Salt, flaky, 1/4 tsp

Tools and Equipment for Brown Butter Green Tea Brownies

  • Oven
  • Cake pan, 8″ square
  • Parchment paper
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Mixer, either handheld or freestanding

Directions for Making Brown Butter Green Tea Brownies

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. While the oven is warming up, grease up your baking pan and lines it with parchment paper. Set the readied baking pan aside for now.
  3. Heat your butter over high heat until it completely melts. Instead of taking the melted butter off the heat, change your heat to the low setting. Continue applying heat to the butter until you begin to see small, brown-colored bits of matter appearing. This is the moment when you need to remove the butter from the heat as you have sufficiently browned it.
  4. Add your white chocolate and matcha into a small bowl, followed by pouring brown butter over the top of the mixture and stirring everything up until the chocolate has melted. Give the chocolate/butter/matcha blend two minutes to cool off.
  5. In a large bowl, bring the sugars, eggs, vanilla extract, and salt together. Apply your mixer to it all until such time that it becomes a thick, creamy, and uniform mass; this should take somewhere between five and 10 minutes.
  6. While you are mixing, stream in the ganache (the chocolate, butter, and matcha), using a whisk until you have a nice, uniform green-colored mass.
  7. Sift your flour into the large mixing bowl and use a spatula to gently fold it into the batter until you have something resembling a green cake batter.
  8. Spoon the batter into the baking pan you greased and lined back in step 2.
  9. Bake for an amount of time between 20 and 30 minutes. Feel free to stab it with a toothpick to test if it is done; you will know your brownies are ready if the toothpick is free of batter when you pull it out.
  10. Remove the brownies from the oven and give them a good slam on the counter to free up any air held within.
  11. If you feel like being a little extra, give them all a sprinkle of flaky sea salt and return the brownies to the oven for another 10 minutes of baking.
  12. When you are all done baking these deliciously fudgy green tea brownies, give them 20 minutes to cool before letting anyone have a bite.

When everything is said and done, you will have nine delicious brownies imbued with the goodness of matcha green tea and white chocolate.

Green Tea Cookies Recipe

Matcha green tea is a delicious and healthy substance that has more uses than as a drink. Provided below is an amazing recipe for white chocolate chip cookies that incorporate matcha green tea into the dough, resulting in cookies with unique coloration and some additional health benefits you won’t find in a normal cookie.

Ingredients

  • Flour, AP, 2 cups
  • Tea, green, matcha, powder, 2.5 tbsp
  • Butter, unsalted, 3/4 cup, softened
  • Sugar, powdered, 1 cup and 2 tsp
  • Salt, kosher, or sea, pinch
  • Egg yolks, 2 large
  • Chocolate chips, white, 1/4 cup

Directions

  1. Mix the flour and matcha together in a large bowl.
  2. Sift the flour and matcha.
  3. Using either a stand mixer fitted with a paddle or a large bowl and a hand mixer, beat the unsalted butter until it takes on a smooth, creamy texture.
  4. Add a pinch of salt to the butter and blend it in.
  5. Add all of the powdered sugar and blend everything until you have a soft, light sugar-butter blend. Feel free to scrape down the sides of the bowl if necessary.
  6. Add 130 g (1 cup + 2 tsp) powdered sugar and blend until soft and light. Scrape down the bowl as needed.
  7. Add the egg yolks and mix everything until you have a thorough blend.
  8. Add the flour-matcha mixture in increments while continuing to mix until you have used it all and everything is a thoroughly homogeneous mass.
  9. Add the white chocolate chips until everything is fully mixed in.
  10. Slice the dough in half and shape each half into a cylinder that is roughly 1.5 inches wide and 7 inches long.
  11. Wrap your dough logs in plastic wrap and transfer them to your fridge until they firm up. This should take at least 2 hours.
  12. Protip: You can lay the logs out over a bed of uncooked rice to preserve the cylindrical shape.
  13. Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with either parchment paper or silicone, remove the plastic from your dough and use a sharp knife to slice the logs into 1/4″ thick discs. If your dough is too hard, give it 5 minutes. Place the cookies on the sheet, giving each one roughly an inch of space.
  14. Bake at 350ºF for roughly 15 minutes, just until the edges start to turn golden brown.
  15. Take the cookies out of the oven and leave them to rest for five minutes.
  16. Move the cookies to a cooling rack to finish cooling off.

A note on storage

  • Dough: If you do not have the time to bake your matcha cookie dough and want to save it for another time, you can wrap it in plastic wrap and store it in your freezer for up to two months. When the time comes to bake, give the dough at least 10 minutes of time resting at room temperature before cutting and baking. Do not let the dough completely defrost!
  • Cookies: You can place your cookies within an airtight container and then leave them at room temperature for up to four days before you need to start worrying about them getting stale.

So there you have it, one humdinger of a simple recipe that offers several health benefits in one tasty snack. Try this recipe yourself and see how many more batches you crave after one bite.